The Shanti Project

About Volunteer Services

Shanti offers opportunities for members of the community to be of service, to put their compassion, their skills, and their interests into action to support people living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.

Over 200 Shanti volunteers provide emotional and peer support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer every year. And there are over 10,000 men and women in and around the Bay Area who have been Shanti volunteers in the past. Please join this special family of people who give generously of themselves.

Volunteer opportunities at Shanti include:

  • Peer Support to Shanti Clients living with HIV/AIDS or breast cancer (4-6 hours a week based on volunteer's schedule). Peer support volunteers provide emotional support (supportive listening, conversation, companionship) and practical assistance (light housekeeping, errands, laundry, cooking, pet care). A 25-hour training is required and provided.

  • Social Service Field Work/Internships (per intern's schedule and requirements): Quality supervision and meaningful experiences for students in need of practicum or internship experiences in the following Shanti programs: Care Coordination, LifeLines, L.I.F.E., Peer Advocacy, and Volunteer Services.

  • Activities Desk (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday at Shanti; one day a week): Desk volunteers, using customer service skills and/or entertainment experience, reserve and distribute free event tickets (concerts, live theater, and more) to clients via the phone and in person.

  • Client Workshops and Classes and Services (Daytime or evening): Volunteers plan and implement educational, cultural, or recreational activities (Tai Chi, writing, art, etc.) or offer a service (haircuts, massage, resume writing, etc.).

  • Fundraising (one or two times per year): Volunteers plan, implement, and staff special events using creativity, committee skills and experiences.

  • General Office/Clerical (9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday 2-4 hours shifts): Assist with all kinds of clerical tasks: filing, copying, mailings, and more, utilizing good office practices skills and experiences

  • Outreach/Special Events: Recruit new volunteers, distribute flyers and information, work information tables at colorful fairs and events.

Video by Viknesh Silva

Shanti volunteers are given training to support their work and are rigorously supported in their service.

Volunteer opportunities are offered for English or bilingual Spanish-English speakers through Shanti Volunteer Services. For more information and on how to apply, contact Volunteer Services or call (415) 674-4708.

Peer Support Trainings

Summer 2016
Friday, June 10th
6 - 9:30pm
Saturday, June 11th
9am - 5:30pm
Sunday, June 12th
9am - 5:30pm
Wednesday, June 15th
6 - 9:30pm

Please note that interested volunteers must attend ALL of the training dates listed above.

Direct Service Volunteer Application

For more information, please contact Volunteer Services via email or call 415-674-4708.

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